Amsterdam Dam Square Area

Planning a city trip to Amsterdam? This city has an abundance of interesting attractions! As the city center of the Dutch capital is not that big, it’s easy to explore most of its attractions, of which many are situated around Dam Square area. 

If you arrive to the city by train and you get off at the Central Station, you can follow the busy Damrak street on foot which will lead you to the Dam Square and the old medieval center of the city. This 13th century iconic square, which is a central meeting spot for many locals, is famous for its many tourist attractions including the Royal Palace, the New Church, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, and the Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky.

Not far away, in Dam Square area, you will also find the floating Flower Market where you can see the most beautiful flowers and buy nice souvenirs to bring back home. There is also a selection of restaurants, trendy bars and shopping streets around the Dam Square making it an extremely busy area in the Dutch capital.

Explore the Dam Square area in Amsterdam

After you’ve explored the monuments and buildings at the Dam Square, you probably want to continue your exploration of the city. North east is the Damrak street, also referred to as the “Red Carpet of Amsterdam” because it stretches from the Central Railway Station to Dam Square in the center of the city. It’s lined with tourist shops and the reflection of the gabled houses on the water is a sight worth beholding.

If you head east from the Dam Square, you will soon find the notorious Red Light District that the city is known for all over the world. Everything you have heard about this place is true. If you are looking to make the best out of Amsterdam nightlife, then you should definitely visit the Red Light District. But this Amsterdam attraction is not only great for what it is (in)famous for. It’s also superb to explore, window shop and admire the wonderful neon and red lights.

After Damrak Street and the Red Light District have been ticked off your to do list then another well-recommended tourist attraction is waiting for you: the Anne Frank House. The house where Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis for more than 2 years before they were betrayed and captured in 1944, is located less than 700 meters to the west of Dam Square. It has been turned into a museum where the original Anne Frank Diary is on display. Reserve tickets ahead for this busy museum or risk standing in line for a long time, especially during high season it could easily take an hour or more!

Want to know more about the many attractions in Dam Square area? Check our video guides for more tips and information about the best places to visit in the Dutch capital!

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